When you consider what IT veterans love most, benchmarks rank right up there. But in today’s world of wildly-varying virtualized server setups and highly-customized application deployments, it’s time to ask: Are server benchmarks an early love that you should let go? IT has been conditioned since the 1980’s to measure all sorts of hardware and software buying decisions using performance benchmarks. But some of the current discussion around CPU, server and virtualization benchmarks makes me shake my head. And I’m not the only one, as I learned when I met this week with AMD’s Kevin Knox, VP of commercial business.